Central Arizona DX Association
The December meeting program by Larry Loen, WO7R, looked at the evolution of QSLing from paper to electronic. Larry has done ongoing research about the way that stations around the world are confirming QSOs for DXCC and other awards. It is clear that Logbook of the World (LOTW) has completely revolutionized the QSLing process by eliminating the need for snail mail in many instances. LOTW has recently passed the 1 billion mark in QSO confirmations, a remarkable achievement for what many consider to be new technology.
When you add the innovations of ClubLog with its Online QSL Response System (OQRS), the need to physically mail a QSL card with SASE and "green stamps" for return postage becomes totally old school.
Larry made a convincing argument about why the international QSL bureau system has become more expensive to use due to rising postage costs and reduced usage.
From DX Heat
Dec. Meeting Recap
Announced DX Operations
CADXA Repeater and Net
The K5VT repeater is open to all DX enthusiasts. Our CADXA net is on hiatus while the club explores the possibility of moving the repeater to a new location.
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Current Solar Data
CADXA is the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 140 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).
There is no regular meeting in January because it is the month when we hold our annual CADXA Awards Banquet. The Banquet will be held on Saturday night, January 19, 2019 at the PERA Club. We will have a no-host bar for our Social Hour, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, followed by dinner. The program will be given by Don Sears, N7PLL: "From Camera to TV: How the Olympics gets from the ski slope to your home."
We need your Banquet reservations and payment in advance of the event so we can provide a firm number to the PERA Club. The Banquet cost is the same as last year, $30 per person. All reservations go to the CADXA Treasurer: Alton Chaney, W7ACX, 722 N. Robson St., Mesa, AZ 85201. His email address is W7ACX.480 [at] gmail.com. We cannot take walk-ins the night of the Banquet. You can also include your $25 dues for 2019 when you send a check to Alton.
Happy New Year to everyone. I hope 2019 is filled with good DX and sunspots as we, hopefully, begin the move to a new solar cycle. This will be my last President's Message because I will hand over the gavel to our incoming President, Larry Loen, WO7R, at the Annual Awards Banquet on January 19th.
After three years leading the club, it is time for a change in leadership and on to new challenges for me. As many of you know, I will be co-chairing programs at the 2019 International DX Convention in Visalia, CA
in April and my new appointment to the Board of Directors of the Northern California DX Foundation is also taking up some of my time. As Immediate Past President, I will continue to serve on the club's Board of Directors and will continue as ADAW newsletter editor and CADXA webmaster if requested to do so.
I am very much looking forward to the Banquet. Our program speaker, Don Sears, N7PLL, is a fairly new ham with 46 years in television broadcast engineering and four Technical Team Emmy Awards for working at nine Olympics. His presentation will focus on his trip to PyeongChang, South Korea covering the 2018 Winter Olympics for NBC-TV. He was doing technical support for editing systems at the Snowboarding and Free Style Skiing events. The talk will be somewhat technical and somewhat travelogue, but mostly a month behind the scenes at the Olympics as seen through Don's camera.
The dinner menu will be the same as last year: Top Sirloin Steak & Chicken Marsala (served so everyone can have a little of both), Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Garden Salad, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Chocolate Cake. A Vegetarian option is available if ordered in advance. Details about how to make a reservation for the Banquet (required) are provided below.
I am looking forward to seeing you at the Banquet. Please use the new parking lot south of the meeting rooms – follow the signs. We will have a PERA Club golf cart available to provide rides from the south parking lot to the building for those who need it on the night of the Banquet, beginning at 6:00 pm.